Arkansas State redshirt Sophomore quarterback Justice Hansen has been named the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
As we know Hansen led the Red Wolves’ rally from a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat Georgia Southern 27-26 in the Sun Belt opener..
Hansen had (16-of-27 passes for 182 yards) 243 yards total offense, including a career-high 61 rushing yards, and threw for a pair of scores.
But as coach Blake Anderson said Monday, he’s still getting to know the quarterback.
“He's very calm. He had some mistakes early and didn’t get rattled from them. I was pretty hard on him a couple of times on the sideline about not trying to make those mistakes again. You always coach and teach them to eliminate the mistakes that will come with experience. We are trying to get experience in a hurry.
“His calm demeanor was a huge part of why he was successful in a pressure situation like the fourth quarter was. Now we got to raise that sense of urgency earlier in the game. He’s got to make better decisions and control the ball better but in crunch time it severed him really well and he was calm enough to take some one on one situations that they gave him and run the ball and not get panicky in a really difficult situation.
You take the good with the bad and we will try to coach him through the situations but you like the fact that he is calm and doesn't get rattled. That he is willing to go back to something and overcome a problem he had earlier in the game.
“I'm having to get used to him. I haven't had a guy quite like him in a while. He responds to you but he does not respond to you like everyone else. He doesn't have a whole lot to say. It’s just yes sir. To me, it's do you see his actions change. Does he make the adjustments needed? He is growing up.
Some of the mesh issues not completely on him . We had a bad snap, we had a mess up with a running back ; there were a lot of people involved. To me the biggest thing a bigger mistake that he has to learn to walk away from. That's where later in the game when he saw that look he was willing to go back to that. To me the actions I'm looking for.
I'm learning how to deal with him better. The main thing is he responds the right way as the game progresses. I’ll get used to him. He's our quarterback; he's our quarterback of the future. He will get better.”